Patiala is a city in southeastern Punjab, northwestern India. It is the fourth largest city in the state and is the administrative capital of Patiala district. Patiala is located around the Qila Mubarak.
Kali Temple, located on Mall Road, is a popular religious destination for Hindus. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, this temple was built by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of the Patiala royal family in 1936.
The six-foot idol of Kali Devi is black in color and seen in standing position inside the gold plated sanctum. Being the ferocious form of Goddess Durga, Kali Devi is seen with blood shot eyes, open mouth and a drooping tongue, with a bent sword and a human head in her hand.
Built entirely in white marble, this temple is also known for its beautiful architecture. The walls of the temple have beautiful murals and frescoes depicting the stories from Hindu epics and mythological stories.
One can also visit another ancient temple, Raj Rajeshwari Temple, which is found within this temple complex.
The best time to visit with the whole family is during Navarathra celebrations when the temple is decked up with decorative lights and flower garlands. You can also join the thousands of devotees who come here to offer lentils, sweets, coconuts and bangles to the goddess Situated well within the city limits, in front of Baradari Garden, this temple can be reached easily.
Lachman Jhoola is a beautiful suspension bridge built across a small artificial lake in Patiala. It is a replica of the famous Lakshman Jhoola at Rishikesh.
Lachman Jhoola actually links the Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors with the Banasar Ghar which is a repository for stuffed animals. The bridge is a wonder by its construction. It is exciting to feel the bounce and the breeze standing at the middle of the jhoola overlooking the lake waters below.
The Sheesh Mahal and Banasar Ghar have a museum, an art gallery, a medal gallery, a hall for setting up exhibitions and also the North Zone Cultural Centre. Apart from these, Qila Mubarak Complex, Moti Bagh Palace, Mall Road, Rajindera Kothi, Baradari Gardens, Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, Kali Temple, Bir Moti Bagh and Dhillon's Fun world are other must see places at Patiala.
Qila Mubarak Complex
Baba Ala Singh, the founder of the Patiala Royal dynasty, built Qila Mubarak, at the heart of Patiala City. Initially a mud fortress, it was later it was reconstructed in baked bricks. The interior of the fort, known as Quila Androon, was built by Maharaj Amar Singh. The fort was a rare and outstanding example of Sikh palace architecture.
The Qila Mubarak fort-cum-palace complex is spread over a vast area of 10 acres. The complex consists of Guest House (Ran Baas) and Darbar Hall (Divan Khana) besides Quila Androon. The fort also has an underground sewerage system.
The Darbar Hall here displays rare cannons, swords, shields, maces, daggers of Guru Gobind Singh and sword of Nadir Shah.
Qila Bahadurgarh is located on the Patiala-Chandigarh Road on the outskirts of the city. Constructed by Nawab Saif Khan in 1658 AD and later renovated by Maharaja Karam Singh of the Patiala Royal family in 1837, Qila Bahadurgarh was considered impregnable due to its unique architecture.
Though in its heydays the fort had three massive walls and two huge moats, this citadel is in a dilapidated condition today. The name Bahadurgarh was given by Maharaja Karam Singh as a tribute to the Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur who stayed here for a while. Apart from its rich architecture, the fort has got a religious significance as well. The fort houses a Gurudwara, Gurdwara Sahib Patshai Nauvin, and a mosque, Saif Khan's Mosque, in its premises. Saif Khan's tomb is also found near the mosque. The best time to visit is during Mela Roza Sharit Nawab Saif Ali, a fair organized in the memory of Saif Khan in June and January. Currently, Bahadurgarh Fort is in the possession of Punjab Police.